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Beth Israel Lahey Health and Beth Israel Deaconess urgent care centers treat non-life threatening conditions that require immediate care. You will be seen by a board certified, emergency medicine trained physician—advanced care that is not available at many traditional urgent care centers.
In most cases, you will not receive flu testing because the flu can usually be diagnosed based on symptoms and the clinical judgment of your provider. High-risk patients, such as those who are pregnant, have a weakened immune system, or another condition that might call for special treatment, may receive a flu test to ensure the right treatment. Read more about flu testing.
Urgent care centers treat injuries or illnesses that need immediate attention, but are not serious enough to require an emergency room visit. However, Beth Israel Deaconess Urgent Care Centers offer a high level of expertise and services not usually seen in most urgent care settings:
All of our physicians are board certified in emergency medicine and can provide more complex pediatric and adult care.
We have access to advanced diagnostic tools, such as CT scanning, not available at many traditional urgent centers.
For many patients, we also have electronic access to their medical records, which allows us to make well-informed treatment decisions.
Additionally, the physicians in our urgent care centers are part of Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at BIDMC and our care network. So the doctors you know and trust will care for you and your family.
When illness or injury strikes after-hours or on weekends, or when you require medical attention your own doctor cannot give, you do have the option of going to an emergency room. We offer state-of-the-art emergency care at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth.
However, for non-life threatening conditions and illnesses, our advanced urgent care centers may be the best option. Here, co-pays and wait times are often less compared to a traditional emergency department.
If you are a patient of Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston, Needham, Milton or Plymouth, the on-site physicians will have access to your medical records. In fact, your visit will become part of your permanent health record and we will notify your primary care doctor so you can access proper follow-up care.
If you are not a Beth Israel Deaconess patient, you are still welcome at our urgent care centers. We may ask to call your physician to learn more about your medical history, if needed, and we will usually send your doctor a note about the care you received.
Beth Israel Deaconess Urgent Care Centers accept all major insurances. Please bring your insurance card with you, and we will bill your insurance. We ask for any co-pay due to be paid at the time of service. Note that co-pays for urgent care are typically lower than co-pays for emergency-room care.